STAFF and visitors at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley have been shown vital skills that could save someone suffering a heart attack.

The CPR technique was demonstrated to members of the public visiting the hospital, which serves Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, last week.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) was taking part in Save a Life for Scotland, a Scottish Government initiative which equips people with no healthcare background with the skills to carry out CPR.

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RAH staff from a wide range of non-clinical roles also took part in the sessions.

Maureen Boyd, resuscitation training lead, NHSGGC, said: “We have had a wonderful level of interest at the RAH not only from a diverse range of staff, but also members of the public.

“We ran 15-minute sessions which people found easy to follow and very informative.

“Our training activity covers a wide range of skills from basic Heart Start for colleagues in job groups such as porters to advanced life support skills for our clinical teams.

“Being able to offer quick and easy skills training makes such a difference.

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“Our ambition is to make all of our staff feel able to say ‘I’ll do it’ should they ever find themselves in a position where someone needs help.”

Jane Grant, chief executive, NHSGGC, also highlighted the importance of the service.

She said: “These sessions are an excellent way to equip people without healthcare skills to be ready to start CPR if required.

“Our resuscitation training team continually reach a great number of our staff in non-healthcare roles and are potentially training them to save a life.”